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ProPublica/IRS Leak: There's No Underlying "There" There

In our Liberty Update this week, we highlight the latest illegal leak of thousands of supposedly confidential Internal Revenue Service (IRS) taxpayer returns spanning over 15 years, confirming that the partisan and power-hungry IRS simply cannot be trusted to safeguard our sensitive records, let alone to begin collecting sensitive private information from nonprofit organizations on donors who contribute to them in violation of the First Amendment.

Getting to the substance of the ProPublica/IRS leaked documents themselves, former Senator Phil Gramm and U.S. Policy Metrics partner Mike Solon explain in The Wall Street Journal how there's nothing scandalous in the least in what they reveal:

ProPublica’s 'blockbuster' story showing that the wealthy 'pay income taxes that are only…[more]

June 18, 2021 • 04:40 PM

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1 Debunking Some Anti-Patent Myths

Throughout its history, the United States has led the world in protecting intellectual property (IP) rights.  On that foundation, we’ve also led the world in artistic, commercial and scientific innovation, particularly with lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Yet patent rights are under increasing assault, with some charging biopharmaceutical…

2 Biden Dropping the Ball on Preparedness

Life is getting back to normal, and not a day too soon. But scientists warn that another pandemic could smack us. While we're letting down our guard, the federal government should be preparing for that possibility. The 581,000 deaths and economic destruction our nation suffered were caused more by unpreparedness and poor decision-making than by the…

3 Punishing Big Pharma for Its Success Will Cost Lives

The New York Times reports that "Pfizer Reaps Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine." The pharma giant Pfizer earned revenues of $3.5 billion in the first three months of 2021, estimated to generate around $900 billion in profits. All the company had to do was create a safe drug that effectively alleviated the threat of the most…

4 In Welcome Bipartisanship, Senator Chris Coons Stands Up for Strong Pharmaceutical Patent Rights

Amid today’s spiral of societal acrimony, even hardened partisans can appreciate those rare instances of sobriety and bipartisanship from elected officials.   That’s particularly true when the policy issue in question is literally one of life and death.   We witnessed a welcome moment of such sobriety last week, when…

5 Science Says If You're Vaccinated, Enjoy Life Again

For 14 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended draconian restrictions on Americans' daily lives to combat COVID-19. The CDC made light of the hardships and economic losses the restrictions inflicted. Call the agency the "Centers for Doubletalk and Confusion." Now, evidence is emerging that the restrictions were…

6 CFIF Reiterates Opposition to H.R. 3, Nancy Pelosi’s Socialized Medicine Bill

 ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, Democrats in the House of Representatives doubled down on Speaker Pelosi’s plan to impose a socialized drug pricing system that would import foreign price controls, stifle innovation and limit patient access by reintroducing H.R. 3, the deceptively-titled “Lower Drug Costs Now Act.”  What follows…

7 'America First' in Vaccinations

In the race to save lives, the United States and England are winning. A stunning 47% of U.K. residents and 36% of U.S. residents have received at least one dose. Compare that with the European Union, where only 15% have gotten at least one jab. The U.S. and the U.K. are way ahead thanks to the brash nationalism of U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson…

8 COVID Hypocrisy at the White House

Biden administration health official Rochelle Walensky announced Monday that vaccinated Americans can visit with others who are vaccinated in small groups at home. But when Walensky was asked about visiting grandchildren, she said no, unless the kids are local. Even vaccinated people must avoid traveling. "Every time there's a surge in travel,…

9 Biden Is Ignoring Virus Mutations

Two straight weeks of good news: COVID-19 cases are declining, hospitalizations are down and the daily pace of vaccinations is on the rise nationwide. What's not to celebrate? Yet, the nation's leading infectious disease experts are warning us that the situation is dire because new, more dangerous strains of the virus threaten the success of the U…

10 Joe Biden's COVID Deceptions

President Joe Biden contends there is "nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic in the next several months," which is the exact opposite of what presidential candidate Joe Biden promised voters during the 2020 campaign. And by "exact opposite," I mean the president's alleged plan to beat coronavirus literally said…

11 US Should Vaccinate Its Own Before Sharing Vaccines

On Thursday, Anthony Fauci informed the World Health Organization that the Biden administration will participate in WHO's vaccine-sharing project. That reverses President Donald Trump's "America First" approach. Fauci says the goal is to ensure "equitable access" to vaccines for all countries in the world, rich and poor alike. …

12 Biden's Timid Plan to Fight COVID-19

As COVID-19 mutates, it's becoming more contagious than the virus that invaded the U.S. about a year ago. A trip to the grocery with a mask on, which used to be low risk, is becoming riskier.  As cases and deaths increase rapidly, people are scared and upset. They're spending hours on websites and hotlines struggling unsuccessfully to get vaccine…

13 End the Deadly Vaccine Delays

If you live in Florida or Texas and you're 65 or over, you can get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine at a mall, stadium or drive-thru center. You may have to wait for hours, but being in line is better than being in the dark. That's where most New Yorkers are – desperate to get the vaccine and with no way to sign up. It may be months before…

14 Leftists Hijacking Vaccination Rollout

You were warned about this first in July. Now, it's happening. On Sunday, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that seniors ages 65 to 74 be moved toward the back of the line for the COVID-19 vaccine. The reason, says ACIP, is that "racial and ethnic minority groups (are) under-represented" in this age group…

15 Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 Fueled Drug Innovation, but Some Now Seek to Reverse That

"You say you’ve got a real solution, well, you know, We’d all love to see the plan… You say you’ll change the constitution, well, you know, We’d all love to change your head…" —"Revolution," by John Lennon and the Beatles As John Lennon observed in his trademark acerbic fashion, it…

16 “Suspend Intellectual Property Rights” for Pharmaceuticals? No, Strengthen Them

Would you drag yourself out of bed every morning and commute into work if your earnings were later subject to confiscation and redistribution, leaving you no assurance that your sacrifice and effort would be rightfully rewarded?   Unless you possess a charitable streak wide enough to make Mother Teresa appear Ebenezer Scrooge by comparison…

17 CFIF Urges Congress to Reject Rate-Setting As 'Fix' to Surprise Billing Issue

  December 7, 2020   The Honorable Mitch McConnell   United States Senate Majority Leader 317  Russell Senate Office Building  Washington, D.C.  20510   The Honorable Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader, United States House of Representatives 2468 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC 20515 &…

18 Hands Off Operation Warp Speed

Joe Biden is fearmongering that "more people may die" because the Trump administration hasn't begun transitioning oversight over the COVID-19 vaccines to the Biden team. "There was a plan for 300 million doses to be available at the end of the year. What they're reporting now is 20 to 30 million doses available. Why? Where are the bottlenecks…

19 President Trump’s ‘Most Favored Nation’ Executive Order Always Was and Still Is a Prescription for Disaster

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, President Trump announced new details about implementation of the "Most Favored Nation" (MFN) executive order.  The rule relies on an International Pricing Index (IPI) to determine MFN pricing for certain Medicare drugs, meaning the price controls of foreign nations, many of which have socialized medicine…

20 CFIF Urges Withdrawal of "Most Favored Nation" Executive Order

November 16, 2020 The Honorable Donald J. Trump  President of the United States  The White House  1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  Washington, DC 20500 Dear President Trump, On behalf of our more than 300,000 activists and supporters across the country, the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) urges you to halt implementation…

21 Vaccine Miracle: U.S. Pharma Naturally Leads the Way

This week, American pharmaceutical innovators delivered a new miracle of human ingenuity:  Less than twelve months since the coronavirus arrived, Pfizer Inc. announced a vaccine exceeding 90% effectiveness.   It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the private U.S. pharmaceutical sector led the way in bringing that miracle to the world…

22 A Vaccine Triumph

Monday's news that a COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer will be ready for FDA approval this month sent stock markets soaring and everyone celebrating. It is wonderful news for humanity. A vaccine will slow the deaths, end the lockdowns, allow businesses to reopen, free children to return to school and return life to normal within half a year.  Amazingly…

23 CFIF Unveils National Survey Highlighting Voters’ Health Care Priorities Ahead of the November Election

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) today released key findings of a national survey measuring the health care priorities of voters nationally and in 12 key swing states ahead of the November 2020 election.    The survey, which was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies for CFIF from September 28 –…

24 Canadian Drug Importation: Unfeasible and Potentially Deadly

With its population of just 38 million, Canada is little more than one-tenth the size of the United States at 330 million.   In fact, Canada has 1 million fewer residents than California alone.   Accordingly, the strangely persistent myth that importing drugs from Canada would substantively lower costs or otherwise improve American…

25 The Unscientific Attack On the Science of Dr. Scott Atlas

The news media until recently had rarely criticized the medical advice of experts — especially those who worked for federal bureaucracies, international organizations or elite universities. Yet the much-praised Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, has demonstrably weakened the effort to fight…

26 Judge Barrett and Your Health Care

Democrats and their media allies are warning that putting Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court will doom the Affordable Care Act. They predict tens of millions will be thrown off Medicaid and the sick will lose their preexisting conditions protections.  Don't fall for this fear-mongering. Here's a rundown of the false claims, with the facts…

27 Don't Muzzle Scientists Investigating COVID-19

Though the death toll from COVID-19 just hit a staggering 200,000 in the U.S., we still don't know the origins of this killer virus. China, which has been praised by the World Health Organization, has blocked independent investigation. Worse, social media platforms are accomplices to the cover-up. Last week, Facebook and Twitter did their best to cancel…

28 White House Drug Price Control Order Threatens U.S. Pharmaceutical Preeminence

In World War II, the United States became the world’s “Arsenal of Democracy,” a label introduced by President Franklin Roosevelt in a December 29, 1940, fireside chat as “a call to arm and support” nations allied against the unthinkable Axis menace as global war expanded.   Although Russians to this day chauvinistically…

29 The Folly of Biden's COVID-19 Advisers

The leftist media are claiming Joe Biden has an all-star team of experts ready to take over and vanquish the virus. In truth, they're undermining the single thing this nation needs to resume normal life – a vaccine. They'd also bring back the dangerous Obama-era idea of making people 65 and over a lesser priority for medical care. If…

30 CFIF Opposes Executive Order Importing Foreign Nations’ Socialized Medicine and Drug Price Controls

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Yesterday, President Trump committed a needless unforced error by signing the "Most Favored Nation" executive order, effectively green-lighting the importation of prescription drug price controls from foreign nations, including some with socialized healthcare systems.  A massive coalition of 80 conservative…

 
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